El Centro Church Leader, 11 Others Charged With Forced Labor of Captive Homeless People

A dozen leaders of an El Centro-based church were arrested Tuesday as a federal indictment was unsealed, accusing them of luring people into forced labor and servitude with the promise of food and shelter.

Dozens of victims — many of them homeless — wound up held captive, forced to relinquish their identification and belongings, while Imperial Valley Ministries profited off them, U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said in a media briefing Tuesday afternoon.

The victims, as young as 17, were spread across locations in the U.S. southwest, officials said.

Article URL : https://ktla.com/2019/09/10/el-centro-church-leader-11-others-charged-with-forced-labor-of-captive-homeless-people/

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